Release code: ODI3014132
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Release Info: George Benson - Classic Love Songs (2010)
Artist: George Benson Title Of Album: Classic Love Songs Year Of Release: 2010 Label: Rhino/Wea UK Genre: Soul, Jazz, R&B Quality: Flac Bitrate: Lossless Total Time: 76:10 Min Total Size: 473 Mb
Tracklist: 01 Give Me The Night 3:44 02 Love X Love 4:45 03 Never Give Up On A Good Thing 4:06 04 Lady Love Me (One More Time) 4:01 05 Turn Your Love Around 3:50 06 Love Ballad 4:16 07 We Got The Love 3:26 08 Shiver 3:35 09 Please Don't Walk Away 3:51 10 Midnight Love Affair 3:34 11 Nature Boy 4:18 12 Livin' Inside Your Love 6:38 13 Love All The Hurt Away 4:10 14 Breezin' 5:39 15 This Masquerade 3:17 16 Being With You 3:54 17 In Your Eyes 3:23 18 The Greatest Love Of All 5:33 The careers of George Benson and his musical inspiration Nat King Cole share a similar arc, both establishing themselves first as highly respected instrumentalists before skyrocketing to crossover success once they began sharing their unforgettable voices with the world. Better known as a jazz pianist first, Nat King Coles major breakthrough came in 1943 when he added his melting baritone voice to Straighten Up and Fly Right, coincidentally the same year of George Bensons birth. Benson, who had a well-established career as one of the worlds top jazz guitarists, made his major break in the pop world by singing This Masquerade and subsequently had the first jazz album to go platinum with Breezin. Yet, both of these remarkable artists remained true to their jazz roots as this album revels with 12 covers of Coles most endearing repertoire. As a dream project for Benson, this album is a love letter to Cole and a tribute in gratitude for his deep musical inspiration. It also demonstrates how uniquely suited Benson is to recreate and interpret these timeless treasures. Highlights on the album include an adaptation of Nelson Riddles arrangement of Just One of Those Things, with a signature Benson vocal/guitar scat solo, and Bensons reading of the original chart of Nature Boy, which he previously interpreted and made and a pop hit in the late 70s. The album also contains stunning duets with Idina Menzel on When I Fall In Love, and Judith Hill on Too Young, as well the incomparable trumpet work of Wynton Marsalis on a fresh new arrangement of Unforgettable. The album begins with a rare recording of Little Georgie Benson (age 8) singing Mona Lisa which stemmed from a singing contest Benson won and the award was the opportunity to record a song at a recording studio. Benson began singing Nat King Cole songs as a child in Pittsburgh and this recording not only shows his incredible range and musicality at the time but also the depth of admiration Benson has had for Cole from such a young age. Perhaps best know for his contemporary popular music in multiple genres, Benson has become as iconic in music history as his musical hero Nat King Cole. Creating more than 30 recordings as a leader, winning 10 Grammy Awards as well as becoming a NEA Jazz Master, George Benson has used his jazz roots as the foundation for an engaging mix of pop, R&B and other shades that add up to a style that appeals to a broad mainstream audience. Along the way, he has also established himself as a formidable singer one whose biggest career hits have showcased his vocals as well as his guitar chops. Benson continues to astound and engage audiences taking his creative expression to new heights. A soulful interpretation, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole is an exemplary work of art, giving reverence to the legacy of jazz and a fitting tribute to an American icon.
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